The jury indicated they were looking for a technology leader who achieved flexibility, scalability, self-organisation, and operating in ecosystems. “Leaders have to stretch their roles, as technology is everywhere.” says Rob Beijleveld, CEO of ICT Media and the initiator of the CIO of the Year Award.
“CIOs are moving towards business and management, in which technology is a means to enhance efficiency no longer but a way to tap into new products, services and target groups.”
The following CIOs passed the Jury’ bar and made it on the shortlist: Perry van der Weyden (Rijkswaterstaat), Alpna Doshi (Royal Philips), Jesper Erichsen (Leaseplan) and Hylke Sprangers (Talpa Network).
In the coming weeks we will inform you who these CIOs are and why they might deserve the CIO of the Year Award 2018. Read more about the selection process and criteria.
Rijkswaterstaat is in the middle of a digital transformation. The spiritual father of this large-scale program is CIO Perry van der Weyden, who changed from missionary to diplomat during the process, as he himself says. He feels perfectly at home within the government – but thinks that the IT work in that sector deserves more appreciation. A conversation with an inspired man with understanding and respect for the interests of others. An idealist? “Yes, but one with realistic edges.”
Technology is in the DNA of mediacompany Talpa Network. The company devises and produces content for TV, radio, digital internet platforms and social media. “For us technology is the driving force behind innovation”, says CTO Hylke Sprangers, who has been fascinated by the unprecedented possibilities of zeros, ones and a few operators since he was thirteen. A driven innovator in heart and soul. “We like to devise super cool new things. But always with the focus on execution, so that the consumer also enjoys it. And we like to work at the top of the top.”
127 year old Royal Philips is very experienced regardig large scale transformations. Starting as the proverbial ‘glow bulb factory in the south of The Netherlands’ the company became a world player in the field of medical software and equipment. Now Philips is in the middle of a major digital transformation, since two years led by Group CIO Alpna Doshi. She managed to breathe life into the transformational journey and brought about a different mindset. Doshi puts IT in the role of businesspartner. ‘After all I consider myself as business.’
LeasePlan, the largest car leasing company in the world, is in the middle of a two-tier transition. “We create a foundation to help the business with their digital transformation. At the same time, we are transforming company-wide IT across 32 countries “, says CIO Jesper Erichsen. He has already past the biggest transformation: that of himself. “I was once a classic IT manager, until I realized that I was a bottleneck to the organization myself. Since then I have been managing IT very differently. “And with success. It takes a leader to transform oneself and then the organization as well.